Friday, June 1, 2012

The Houla massacre: reconstructing the events of 25 May

Interviews with survivors reveal the full story of the bloody horror that left more than 100 Syrians dead

Martin Chulov in Beirut and Mona Mahmood, Friday 1 June 2012

"......The people of Houla have no patience for the regime's version of what took place last weekend. "Look," said Abu Jaffour, "the armed men came under the cover of shellfire from villages completely under regime control. They are Allawite villages, 500 metres to 2km away from us. And they want the world to believe that hundreds from al-Qaida had taken refuge there. They are the terrorists and they will pay for this."

As the sectarian tensions unleashed by what happened in Houla continue to boil, the people of the town resumed their weekly ritual on Friday. With no sound of gunfire, nor militias on the horizon, they took to the streets to demand the end of the regime."

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